Minimalism and geometric.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

An universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.


Sonia Villegas

Mon nom est Sonia Villegas,

Mon métier? Raconter des histoires!

Je suis photographe et professeur de photographie. Dotée d’une grande sensibilité agrémentée d’un petit grain de folie, je suis dynamique, souriante et très sociable.

J’ai eu la chance de collaborer avec de grands magazines tels que: ELLE, Tocado et Cosmowellness.

Partant d’une démarche photojournalistique, j’aime particulièrement saisir ces instants qui font toute la différence entre de simples photos et un vrai reportage. Mon but? Rendre des images élégantes, intemporelles et pleines d’émotions.

Enseignante photo depuis 2008 et résidente en Suisse romande depuis 2012, je donne des cours de photographie et Photoshop pour débutants et intermédiaires au sien de Suisse Photo Club à Lausanne ainsi que des cours privés. Je propose également des workshops comme « Street Photo » et photographie de nuit pour ne citer qu’eux.

Je suis née dans une petite ville proche de Barcelone. Fascinée par le monde l’image, spécialement par la photographie, j’ai fait mes études dans la prestigieuse école  « Institut d’Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya à Barcelone ».

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